“Revolution,” “change” and “Azadi;” are words that have been tossed around quite casually in our political and social conversation now. In fact, currently, the entire nation is examining the ongoing political circus. This is not the first time that political parties have come forth with promises of bringing about a ‘revolution’ and ‘change’. In fact, these slogans were used abundantly during the election campaigns of 2013, in which even the traditional political parties like PML-N and PPP resorted to fiery speeches riddled with vows and promises of an impending revolution.
However none of the political parties who used the ‘revolution’ card to woo the masses, has done justice to the word. A ‘revolution’ or ‘change’ actually means toppling the old prevalent system in totality and replacing it with a new one. It means that a party or a group, vying to bring revolution or change won’t be working within the ambit of the constitution; rather, their agenda will be aimed at installing a new system and constitution in place. In light of this, it becomes pretty clear that neither PTI nor PAT are actually striving to bring a change. Their efforts are mainly focused on reforming and improving the current system as they have reiterated throughout their current sit-in that their demands are well within the bounds of the constitution and the country’s democratic norms.
I remember when Abdul Rehman Al-Sudais, the Imam-e-Kaaba came to Pakistan to lead the Friday prayers in Faisal Mosque in Islamabad, I was very excited. I wanted to offer prayers behind him, for I viewed him as the biggest and most learned scholar of the Muslim world. I shared my excitement with one of my friends who said something which I comprehended now. He said “If you really wish to meet the best of Ulema and scholars in Saudi Arabia, you will have to go to their prisons.” Those calling for an actual revolution and change will never be allowed to speak openly and freely by the forces of the status quo and won’t be given a 24/7 media coverage. For the adherents of movements of real change or revolution, brutal persecutions and incarcerations are the only things on offer from the regime.
Islamabad, August 28.